The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) engages in the Asia-Pacific region through regional partnerships, as well as bilaterally with individual countries. In addition to the deployment-focused partnerships described below, EERE Technology Offices engage in bilateral research partnerships with countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, China, India, Japan, and Korea. China research collaboration includes the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. India research collaboration includes the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Research.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
The APEC Energy Working Group was launched in 1990 to increase energy trade and investment and ensure that energy contributes to the economic, social and environmental enhancement of the APEC community while mitigating the environmental effects of energy supply and use. Currently chaired by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Energy Working Group supports projects that advance clean energy technologies and policies in the region.
Announced by the President in 2009, the U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Action Plan was initiated to address energy and environmental challenges in buildings, industry, communities, and consumer products.
Announced by the President in 2009, the U.S.-China Renewable Energy Partnership was launched by DOE and China’s National Energy Agency in 2009 to increase the deployment of renewable energy technologies, improve energy security, and expand business opportunities in the United States and China.
DOE and U.S. Department of Agriculture collaborate with China’s National Energy Administration on development of advanced biofuels and bioproducts, including feedstock development and logistics, conversion technologies, and sustainability analysis.
DOE leads several initiatives with Chinese counterparts that work at the local government level to share solutions on sustainable energy planning, and to promote trade and investment.
The U.S.-India Energy Dialogue
The U.S.-India Energy Dialogue aims to enhance energy security and promotes increased trade and investment in the energy sector. It is structured around a Steering Committee and five working groups: Oil & Gas; Coal; Civil Nuclear; Power & Energy Efficiency; and New Technologies & Renewable Energy. EERE participates in the latter two.
DOE cooperates with several government and non-government organizations in India, providing analysis, technical guidance, training, and tools for energy efficient design and analysis. These initiatives are designed to develop capacity for energy efficiency utilization, opening and developing markets for U.S. technologies and energy services in India. Topics include data center and building IT energy efficiency, sustainable cities planning and implementation, and energy conservation building code implementation.
DOE collaborates with Indian and private sector partners to decrease the barriers for the deployment of renewables, thus increasing the Indian market for U.S. clean technologies and services. Topics include solar resource assessment and mapping, reliability of photovoltaic modules, improving wind resource estimates, wind turbine modeling, and facilitating integration of large amounts of variable renewables into the electric grid in a cost-effective manner.
The U.S. – Indonesia Energy Dialogue is a mechanism to enhance our mutual energy security, promote increased trade and investment and to help accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies. EERE is working with Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the national electricity company to accelerate the deployment of high-penetration renewable energy and energy efficient technologies on selected islands and remote electricity grids. With U.S. private sector partners, the project will demonstrate the cost-competitive replacement of existing diesel-powered energy generation systems on remote Indonesian islands with demand-side management and renewable energy technologies.